Methadone is a narcotic pain reliever, similar to morphine. It is often used as both a pain reliever or as a drug replacement for heroin or other opiate abuse. Taking methadone improperly will increase your risk of serious side effects or death. Like other narcotic medicines, methadone can slow your breathing, even long after the pain-relieving effects of the medication wear off. Death may occur if breathing becomes too weak.
Once a person has begun a methadone detox program, it can be extremely difficult to stop since methadone is an addictive substance. While a typical opiate withdrawal can last about a week, methadone withdrawal can linger for months. Participants will tell you that detox from methadone can be brutal.
We offer methadone detox program participants an opportunity to get off the drugs completely, in a safe and comfortable manner. If you are currently on methadone, Sunrise Detox can get you through the detox process in a fraction of the time, and with drastically fewer withdrawal symptoms. The detoxification protocol we use is based on the amount of methadone being taken. We realize that people who have taken large daily doses and who have been on methadone for long periods of time require heavier medication to keep them comfortable during detox. Because we use a buprenorphine detox protocol, the methadone leaves the body faster, and lengthy withdrawal symptoms can be avoided.